Power is nothing without control. We improved the performance of our engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes, so the steering got our attention as well. Had we not wanted to retain the factory look of the car, we likely would have replaced the original steering system with a rack-and-pinion conversion. While somewhat expensive, the improvement in steering feel and performance from such a system is far superior to rebuilding the original setup. If we were going to be using our car on the track or had gone much farther in terms of suspension and brake modifications, such a system might have been appropriate.
We did not go that far and we wanted to keep the original look, so we simply went through the stock components and replaced them where necessary. There are many different steering-system designs on early Mustangs, and our 1968 GT is representative of a typical power-assisted setup. The external ram/cylinder design is not the best for driver feel, but it can be made to function well with the correct parts and adjustments. I briefly discuss some of the major under car components and give a few tips on them, which apply to manual steering systems as well. Regular, proper lubrication is a must in any case.
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